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Our friend Dane FitzJensen was celebrating his 14th Birthday, so we volunteered to host a simple Summer Sunday lunch feast for the young man.
We posted this sign on the front door:

That's a photo of Dane from perhaps a decade ago.



Dane's Father Jesper Jensen, sister Alanna FitzJensen, Dane and Mom, Amy Fitzpatrick.

We visited Burlingame's "Fresh Market," a Sunday open air market featuring organically-farmed produce, some breads, flowers, jams, etc.  

I picked up some Olive Fougasse from the baker.


Our friends in Germany will be thrilled to see the baker also makes some "pretzel bread."

Once everyone had arrived, we sat down at the table, rolled up our sleeves and got busy.

In addition to the breads, we had some anchovy-stuffed olives, some truffle pate slathered on baguette slices and some Dolmas.

A bottle of Santa Giulietta Rose was opened as our starter wine...a pink wine from Corsica.

It's a bit quiet on the nose and bone dry on the palate.
In fact, there's a tiny tannic 'bite' to this wine which some people will like and others will reject since it's not sweet, "mellow" or smooth.
We enjoyed it, though.

The second bottle we opened was the 2014 L'Hortus Rose from the Languedoc.

The salad featured some mixed greens, avocado, smoked trout, some Italian grilled artichokes "sott'olio" and Amy's home-grown tomatoes.
The L'Hortus Rose is more fruity than the Corsican wine and nicely berryish on the palate.


I guess my salad dressing was not sufficiently salty!

The next plate featured some homemade, cheese-free Pesto with some Rock Shrimp.


We paired this with Salvard's Cheverny...a nice Sauvignon Blanc blend from the Loire Valley.
It's nicely aromatic and shows some citrusy and herbal notes.  Dry...no oak...light, yet flavorful.

And so we raised a glass and had a toast to Dane.

The room actually fell silent as everyone dug into the pasta.







I went into the kitchen to work on the next course...and people would get up from the table and go sit someplace a bit more comfortable.


The Fresh Market has a farmer from Brentwood, across the Bay, selling fresh corn.

Damn, that's good!

A farmer from Half Moon Bay brings some wonderful Artichokes, so I made a braise of those, mushrooms, zucchini and some red pepper...


Pierre and Aviva brought some Poulet Roti.




We opened two bottles of wine made from the Gamay grape.

We had a Gilles Bonnefoy 2011 C˘tes du Forez "Migmatite" which is made from vineyards planted on a soil that's both Metamorphic and Igneous rock.  The wine is faintly aromatic and not especially fruity.  It's a medium-bodied red and much less exuberant than a good Beaujolais, for example.
Perfectly sound winemaking, but the wine is not very compelling.

The Domaine Labruyere 2012 Moulin-a-Vent was a tad more complex, but another swing-and-a-miss for me.  It had brighter red fruit notes on the nose and a shade more charming on the palate.
I didn't find it to be superior to the Moulin-A-Vent we have in the shop from Jacky Gauthier, for example.

Oh well.  Live and learn.
"Life is an experiment."


Dane was drinking only some lemonade, so this is difficult to explain.

 

I think Pierre and Amy were discussing the Iran Nuclear Treaty.


Not sure, though.


Alanna and Clementine were exchanging text messages, apparently.

Dane and I attempted to strike the same pose as Dane in the photo on my apron...

Eyes Closed.


Amy and Aviva.

 

Now Dane and Alanna were exchanging texts apparently.


Sleeping Beauty...

 


Of course we had to have a Birthday Cake for Dane.

 

 

Someone huffed and puffed to blow out the candle.


Then he needed to have another go...



This came from
The Cakery in Burlingame.


The Water Pitcher.

 


Homemade Nutella Ice Cream

 

There's no time like the present, so we gave Dane a little gift...


He also received a Warrior's T-Shirt.

And some cool Comic Book Posters...

 

And with that, we cleaned up the kitchen, got the dishes in the washer and the Sicards and FitzJensens made tracks back to Santa Clara.

Much fun!

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